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Military service creditable toward civilian service:  As a general rule, military service in the Armed Forces of the United States is creditable for retirement purposes if it was active service terminated under honorable conditions, and performed prior to your separation from civilian service.  A DD-214 or equivalent is required to verify the service dates and discharge.

 
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Military Buyback Assistdance

Creditable Military Service for Military Deposit and Retired Military

 

Retired Military & Military Deposits:  Retired military members must waive military retired pay in order to receive credit for military service in a civilian annuity, unless your military retirement is based on:

  • A service-connected disability incurred in combat with an enemy of the US;
  • On account of a service-connected disability caused by an instrumentality of war and incurred in the line of duty during a period of war; or
  • Under provisions of 10 U.S.C. 12731-12739 (retired members of the reserves).

If you are retired military and are receiving full military retirement pay, it is not usually advantageous to make a military deposit, because you must waive your military retired pay for the service period to be included in the civilian retirement annuity.  Usually the full military retirement is of greater value than the civilian retirement annuity.  If you are uncertain if making a military deposit is beneficial, simply request two retirement estimates from your HR office – one with the military service included and one without, then compare the difference.  A deposit is usually required for the active duty military service to be credited in your civilian retirement annuity.

NOTE: Retired military that buy back their years service have to waive their military retirement pay when they retire from federal civil service. You will still collect your military retirement until you start receiving your civil service retirement. Many military retirees often enter federal civil service in their early to mid 40s. It they find it advantageous to buy back their military time and add that time to their FERS retirement, they will still collect their military retirement until they elect to retire from the civil service at their MRA, age 60 or 62 or later. Review the article on this subject to determine if it is worth your while to buy back your retired military time. Also review Chapter 22 of the CSRS and FERS handbook listed below.

Reserve & ANG Service

National Guard/Reserve Point retirement (which is less than 7300 Active Duty points) and receivable at age 60 can be collected concurrently with a federal civil service retirement. Your Reserve or ANG time will not impact your CSRS or FERS annuity payments. For additional information on service credit review Chapter 22 of the CSRS and FERS handbook.

Steps to Making a Military Deposit

 

Former military members wishing to have their military time count towards federal retirement are should follow these easy steps:

 

CAUTION - OPM's Benefit Administration Letter # 13-103 issued June 2013 discontinued military service deposits after separation. This is s drawn out process and it can take months to receive your military earnings estimate and contribution amount. Start the process early, long before you intend to retire, to ensure your military deposit is paid prior to separation. A link to Administrative Letter #13-103 is provided under the Resources heading on this page. 
  1. Obtain your total estimated military earnings by sending form RI20-97 and a copy of your DD214 to your respective military pay representative. Use a separate request for each branch of service, if you served in more than one branch.  Individuals who do not have a DD 214 or equivalent should get a SF 180 from the personnel office and have their service verified before forwarding the request form to the pay center.  The pay center cannot provide estimated earnings unless verification of service is attached.  The military payroll office will send you a short letter or form indicating your total estimated earnings during your military service.
  2. With you total military earnings and a copy of your DD-214 in hand, contact your HR office. You will need to complete one more form (SF-3108 or SF-2803).  This form requires a statement on the form concerning military deposits, which is not available on the on-line version.  Obtain the edited form from your HR office.  HR will forward the documents to your civilian payroll office.  Your payroll office will bill you directly.
  3. Make the deposit to your civilian payroll office.  You can pay the deposit in one lump sum, a series of payments, or sign up for payroll deductions, normally for as little as $50 per pay period.  The deposit must be paid in full while you are employed and cannot be made after you retire. 
  4.  When the deposit is complete, your payroll office will send you a letter that the deposit is paid in full.  Keep this document for your permanent retirement records and send a copy to your HR office.  Payroll will not usually notify your HR office of the deposit, so it is very important that you retain a copy of this letter until you retire. 

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